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This is one of 400 of my poems which teachers and children of West Yorkshire chose for publication in 2010.  I hope you like it.

Do you want to be a pirate, boy

   And sail the seven seas? -

To hoist the Jolly Roger, boy

   And sail upon the breeze?


But could you fire a musket, boy,

    And watch the bullets fly? -

Then once aboard a merchant ship

     Look your victims in the eye?


Amidst the flames and pistol fire,

    With cutlass in your hand,

Are you prepared to risk your life

    For the sake of contraband?


Could you take people hostage

    And steal their jewels and gold?

You’d need to show your darker side.

    Are you fearless, boy, and bold?


If you were caught, you’d pay the price.

    Could you endure the pain?

By hanging you’d be punished, boy -

     No pirating again!


They’d take you out, with hands tied fast,

     And cart you through the streets.

Then in front of all those rowdy mobs

    The gallows you would meet.


Do you really want a pirate’s life

   And sail those seven seas?

I’d give the subject lots of thought,

    Before you say “Yes please.”



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